so… top 2 voting.

October 16th, 2014

Moving through the Oregon Voters Pamphlet

The Constitution Party candidate for Governor, Alan Auer, make the point that

We are all created in the Creator’s image; therefore, the unalienable rights of the unborn is the first duty of civil government. Human life is sacred. Male and female created He them. For this cause shall a man leave his Father and his Mother and shall cleave unto his wife.

Ahem.  “Male and female created He them”.  Pronoun problems?

Running in the 5th Congressional district is, a (sigh) 9/11 Truther.  Marvin Sannes.  Ther war that we’ve been fighting since 1939 is over?

I’m curious about the eye-patch on the Pacific Green candidate for 3rd Congressional district, Michael Meo.

Skipping over to the ballot measures, we can all laugh at the Reefer Madness on the Opposition Statements regarding Measure 91.

But Measure 90 presents something worth looking at…  First of all, Maurice Henderson and the Yes on 90 pulls that classless schtik of buying a few slots for a couple of parodies and a straight-forward argument for passing the measure…  interesting to see he profers a quote from Sal Parrinto and the Independent Party, the one party that as it an endorsement clearing-house by design benefits from this measure — as representative of third parties.

Moving on to actual arguments against… there is an interesting problem with the case study thrown out here… Washington’s 4th Congressional district… go to Planned Parenthood’s argument…

The negative impacts on women’s health are already clear in Washington, a “Top Two” state. Because of the Top Two, voters in the state’s 4th Congressional District this fall will have their choice of voting between:

Conservative Republican Clint Didier, who is anti-choice, or
Conservative Republican Dan Newhouse, who is anti-choice.

And those will be the only choices available to voters in the congressional race, thanks to the Top Two. Pro-choice voters in the district will be forced to choose between one of these anti-choice candidates, or simply not vote at all.

Ah, the perils of being a single issue voter.  As opposed to the past two decades where they’ve had the choice between one conservative Democrat who is anti-choice and a Conservative Republican who is anti-choice, or a moderate Democrat who is pro-choice and a Conservative Republican who is anti-choice, or… a conservative Republican who is anti-choice and… Gordon Allen Pross who is who knows and who cares?

The conservative Republican wins in every case.

The problem may be brought into focus by Carl Wolfson’s statement…

Because of the Top Two primary in Washington State, voters in the 4th Congressional District will be forced to choose between the following two candidates:
Conservative Republican Clint Didier, who is anti-choice, opposes gun laws, wants to repeal Obamacare, and parrots the right-wing position on immigration, and
Conservative Republican Dan Newhouse, who is anti-choice, opposes gun laws, wants to repeal Obamacare, and parrots the right-wing position on immigration
Voters who don’t identify with these two candidates and their very similar agendas will have no other alternatives on the ballot. This is a district where more than 78,000 people voted for a Democratic candidate in 2012 against an entrenched incumbent.
And yet, under the Top Two elections system, these voters won’t see anyone on the ballot who even remotely represents them. They can choose between someone they fundamentally disagree with, and someone they fundamentally disagree with. Or, more likely, they’ll simply choose not to vote in that race.

It’s worth noting that the actual Democrat in the primary had up an ad where he was shooting guns, the better to emphasize his disassociation with the national Democratic view.
And we do have an interesting debate herein on the effects of this on small “d” democracy.  Do you prefer to have an automatic loser who “remotely” represents your broad spectrum of viewpoints, shading here or there, as some kind of tribune… or… two people who don’t remotely share your views, but one will win, and perhaps — perhaps — they have to be aware of a slice of the electorate that they can appeal to — in Newhouse’s case with some Moderate Republican rhetoric, in Didier’s case with some anti-establishment rhetoric… pick your poison.

zombies and riverdale

October 14th, 2014

worldofarchiezombie   The cover should be funny, as it is clearly an allusion to … er… this…

ALWArchie1-195x300  The comic book series where Archie gang the gang face the Zombie Apocalypse, as headed by none other than Zombie Jughead.

The first case of a comic book released by Archie Comics that would not pass the dictates of the Comics Code Authority… and also a case of Archie Comics getting on a fad a minute or two just after it passed by.

The problem is that it’s not really a joke.  It would be totally believable that Jughead would dress as a zombie.  Also it’s not a terribly convincing zombie… he’s … er… having to hold a sign saying he is a zombie?

In other items… the latest best of Archie (voulume 4) contains supernatural elements… a reprint of a weird item where Betty and Veronica sell their soul to Satan.  Typical loopy Frank Doyle narrative.  Also contains a story where the gang are drafted into the Vietnam War.  Incredibly preachy — the older generation telling the youngsters not to burn their draft cards and riot.  Make of it what you will.

Birthday Greetings

October 14th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Dwight Eisenhower.

124 years young.

Hollywood flips over another odd product

October 11th, 2014

Alexander and the Very Good No Bad Very Bad Day…

… doesn’t seem like it would work expanded to 80 minutes.  I suppose they’ve fleshed out a trope of a family of “lucky” people for the no-luck Alexander to clash in, but…

… my 3rd grade teacher read this book relentlessly to us.  (Kind of became wearying).  I don’t think she would like the movie.  (Apparently there’s a kangeroo in it, homage to his always wishing to go to Australia.)

I may as well note someone recently search engined “Amelia Bedelia” and my problems with her — like the problem people had with Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” song, but compounded due to them being validated by an unquestioned authority.  If they make a children’s movie out of that one, will they make the due correction?  (Harder to stretch that to 80 minutes, though.)

three times a name

October 10th, 2014

“I saw Joseph Biden.”
“Joseph Biden?”
“Joseph Biden.”

Apparently, he did.  Eating ice cream.  To, you know, have to choke back that type of “gaffe” where he accidentally says something truthful but inconvenient.  … Blah blah blah… Did you hear that one about Saudi Arabia?  Anyway, the big news when you go to Joseph Biden is now the talk on foreign policy at Harvard, and the eating of ice cream in Portland.  (Apparently made Jimmy Kimmell’s show.)

But… you hear Joseph Biden’s name three times in a row, and a Joseph Biden genie pops up or something?  Or does it have to be said by one person?

six to decide. Or ten. Also all it’s going to decide is something Canada cares about, so don’t bother voting.

October 6th, 2014

It’s always amusing to see foreign press on American elections.  Here’s what’s at stake for the midterms… Obama’s Legacy… the Alaskan Pipeline.  And… anything else matter?

No.  It’s goddamned Canada.  Who cares if the tax code shifts here or there?

I like the “Less than One Percent” chancers that this dailykos chart has in tracking Democratic Party chances.  Note that this goes up against the “Greater than 99 percent chancers” for the Democrats.

Meanwhile, the 10 there in the middle are pegged in all news reports as “could decide the Senate”.  Or… maybe some other race will decide the Senate.  Who can say?

Canada says six.  They’re four fewer than the Huffington Post.

I predict an upset in Wyoming!

anniversaries of great watersheds, and decades definitions

October 4th, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of the “Free Speech Movement”, when Mario Savio jumped onto the car and…

… hm… ignited Ronald Reagan’s bid for the California governorship by poo-pooing the “Filthy Speech Movement”.

Ah, the contradictions of the 1960s.  It was either very political or very apolitical.

And all ended up in the suburbs in the 1970s anyways.  Actually it’s curious to see, but I note that people younger than I are now referring to what used to be considered the 1960s… as the 1970s.  As in overheard about growing up in Humbolt County as home of “Hippies, actual hippies… not people dressing as hippies, but the hippies of the 1970s”….

All very contradictory.  Incidentally, the review for the latest book by Naomi Klein, found in the Portland Mercury, that all she’s asking is to return to energy consumption levels of the 1970s, and hey … those were great times.

Tell that to Jimmy Carter.

the dark musings returneth

October 1st, 2014

In early first term dark musings about how the President would be “conveniently assassinated” if he stepped out of line…

Security Breaches with right wing Security Detail stepping aside.

Yeah, well.  The problem is I’m hard pressed to know what Obama is doing that’s terribly Kennedy-esque.

springfield springfield

September 28th, 2014

Simpsons.  Family Guy.  Team Up.
The Simpsons Jumps the Shark.  Again.  Then again, when a Fox cable network showed a marathon of all the Simpsons episodes with Memorial weekend, lists came out from different media sources of key episodes and when they were on.  The lists pretty well stop half way through the run.
When The Critic came over and was on The Simpsons, Matt Groening had his name torn off the program.  To be sure, it was a reasonably good episode.  In following years, the X-Files were on, and 24… the latter you’d think Matt Groening would have political objections to the thing, what with him being a big contributor to In These Times and the like.
The thing depresses me.  Is a South Park team up inevitable?

How we Roll

September 27th, 2014



Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s leading Republican opponent says she shouldn’t have helped a Louisiana State University football fan drink upside-down from a beer keg at a recent tailgate party.
Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy said people shouldn’t applaud the widely circulated photo of Landrieu holding a spigot to pour beer into a man’s mouth.
Citing his work as a doctor and his role as a parent, the GOP congressman said Wednesday that “keg stands” and other binge-drinking activities should be discouraged and are not “something to celebrate.”
Landrieu, in a tight race for a fourth term, has shrugged off criticism that’s resulted mostly on social media, saying people “need to get a sense of humor.” Tailgating and keg stands, she said, are “just the way we roll” in Louisiana.

Never trust anyone who says “That’s just the way we roll”, particularly when it’s followed by “in geographic designation.”

In Oregon, Monica Wehby’s campaign has cribbed from their benefactor of Karl Rove’s group some campaign material, mostly just demonstrating where the politician’s voting will be.